Just a couple of weeks ago I had the honor of joining some of our Michaels Makers at the Wilton Sweet Up where we learned about new delicious trends and innovations in the baking world. We even got to try out some of their brand new products!
On the first night, we got to mingle with other bloggers and test out some sweet treats. Wilton’s team presented their top baking and decorating trends of 2015:
I’m really excited about incorporating watercolor into baking. It’s such a beautiful art… why not use it to decorate your baked treats as well? And some of those flavor combinations sound sultry and delightful. These trends are really about elevating your flavors and designs.
We were given samples of the marvelous merveilleux – a meringue sandwich with layers of whipped cream that was rolled in sprinkles. It was light and airy and the perfect sweet bite.
Next we sampled a s’mores truffle. This one hails from the Dessert Mashups Remix trend… turning a classic dessert into a new form. The center of the truffle was a mini marshmallow that is coated in S’mores Candy Melts (coming soon!) and then rolled in graham cracker crumbs. How easy is that?
Lastly, they unveiled the 2015 Cake of the Year. This year’s theme was “Celebration of Women” and I think this cake represents that just perfectly.On day 2 of the Sweet Up, we were up bright and early for somehands-on sessions. We started off with The Art of Cookie Decorating with Amber of Sweet Ambs. She is one talented cookie decorator! Here are just a few of her designs:
She showed us how to outline and flood a cookie with royal icing. It actually wasn’t as difficult as it looks! The trick is to move quickly or your icing will start to dry before you are done decorating! We used Wilton’s new Color Right Performance Color System to tint our royal icing. This system gives you the exact formulations to create specific colors. No more guessing and trying when you have to make a second batch of frosting!
These were my first attempts:After our cookie decorating session, we packed up and headed over to the Wilton School of Decorating for a lesson in boozy baking.
We made White Russian Cookie Cups, as well as Bloody Mary Muffins with a compound butter. We used the new Perfect Results pans which feature a Mega Cookie Pan & Mega Mini Muffin Pan. If you’ve ever need to bake for a large event, you’ll want to get these pronto!Giggles Galore, Love the Day, Just Destiny & I paused for a Sweet Up Selfie.Another fun innovation that Wilton introduced to us was their new Treatology™ Flavor System. These are concentrated gourmet flavorings that enhance icing, cake batter, cookies, dessert fillings and more. We had a blind taste test, and all of the combinations were just delicious! I really can’t wait to use these in my baking.
Our last session of the day was with Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies. Not only is she a cookie decorating pro, she is an all-star at creating jaw-dropping dessert tables and partyscapes. After a quick tutorial, we were let loose on a dessert table decorating challenge. I think our team did a pretty fantastic job.
Our team won the “Brave” award for being extra resourceful. It was a sweet ending to our time at Wilton.
Have you used any of these trends in your baking adventures? Which are you most excited to try?